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Setup/Transition from C3D to BricsCAD

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:23 pm
by KirkNoonan
How do I go about relocating the data and configuration files to a common network location for use by multiple users? It there a path setting that I haven't found somewhere?

Re: Setup/Transition from C3D to BricsCAD

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:34 pm
by twdotson
Admittedly till now there was no consideration of moving resources to a shared network location. Right now it looks in it's own specific subfolders for these. One option would be to literally run the add-on from a network location (you might have to add a trust with CASPOL). I'm going to email a user I know that made the transition with a fairly large group and ask him to comment.

Note that the symbol manager allows you to change it's working folder (to a network path). Perhaps a centralized location for all the paths would be best.

One thing we can promise is to work quickly to provide the changes and additions needed in the software.

Re: Setup/Transition from C3D to BricsCAD

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:35 pm
by twdotson
We are centralizing the folder options in the General tab of the system settings. What I see possible:

Data Folder: C:\Program ...\Data
Points Folder: C:\Program ...\Points
Symbol Folder: C:\Program ...\Symbols
Web Folder: C:\Program ...\WebCache

The user/manager could change any of these to a network path. Actually for large groups this could be a benefit. For example when one person accesses image files for the TMS Slippy Tiles tool, the next user working in that area would have a nearly instant image 100% from cached files.

Re: Setup/Transition from C3D to BricsCAD

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:00 pm
by CSchildmeier
Good morning Kirk,

We've been using Mapworks(and other Dotsoft tools) with Civil 3D and Bricscad for years now in a multi-user environment. It seems like your question is more general in terms of multi-user? There's relatively no difference(.dll's are different) using Mapworks with either cad program.

For as long as I can remember we've been using Active Directory to fire off scripts that robocopy our support/shared files to the users every-time they log in. Is that a possibility for you? Once the software has been installed and activated on the users PC the rest is easy. I run the update.exe on my machine, replace the updated files on our server, when the user logs on their local files get over-written.

I'd be happy to assist further if I had a little more information. Are we talking about 5 users? 50? Multiple office locations?

Since we've always had the logon scripts there's been no "need" to handle the Dotsoft software differently than all of our other addons and custom tools/blocks/templates/etc updates. Not that there isn't obviously arguments to move everything to a single network location.

I do like the thought of centralizing the support paths as Terry is suggesting though. The Dotsoft team has always been amazing at responding to support/feature requests.

Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.